Kilby Jones Solicitors

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Kilby Jones Solicitors's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Kilby Jones Solicitors is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
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Highlighting best practice
Heather Kilby and Alyssia
Jones, Partners
Kilby Jones is a specialist firm of solicitors, dedicated
to immigration, nationality, European free movement
and human rights law. Based in central London, their
clients include individuals and large businesses, to whom they
provide a personal service while maintaining their strict ethical
standards. Joint Partners Heather Kilby and Alyssia Jones
founded the firm in 2011 and they tell
how their outstanding results allow them to take around 25
new cases a month.
At Kilby Jones, we recognise that settled immigration status and nationality mean
a great deal to our clients, in relation to their businesses and their private lives. In
response, we approach every case professionally, utilising our extensive expertise
and experience.
Alyssia has been working in immigration law since 2000, while Heather joined the
industry in 2006. We met over ten years ago and while working at the same firm
we discussed the possibility of setting up a firm together. We remained in touch
and in 2010 took the decision to establish Kilby Jones LLP. We are now a team
of five; we employ an additional solicitor, a caseworker and a receptionist. Kilby
Jones started trading on 7 June, 2011 and we have been able to build a portfolio
of private clients, having founded Kilby Jones LLP as a private practice, bringing our
individual portfolios together. Having a client base to work with immediately was
an advantage and through referral and word-of-mouth we were able to build on
our foundation quickly. In 2018, we took on around 25 clients a month each and
we work on around 700 cases between us at any one time.
International approach
Quality client care and personalised service are the hallmarks of our approach. We
follow our cases from initial stages and applications to appeals at the higher courts.
These cases are stressful for our clients and we ensure that our clients are able to
contact us when needed. We also provide them with regular updates. We have
maintained strong professional relationships with some of the best barristers in
order to bring quick resolutions to our clients’ cases.
While we try to resolve our cases swiftly, in immigration law hold-ups can occur as
a result of the Home Office policies. Our track record shows that we resolve EEA
applications within six months. However, other cases, such as asylum and family
applications, can take longer. Despite this, we take pride in fighting our clients’
cases all the way to higher courts and have won some landmark cases, which have
brought favourable changes to our clients in relation to deportation and asylum.
Finishing cases quickly is beneficial for both us and our clients as it allows us to
»Partners: Heather Kilby and
Alyssia Jones
»Founded in 2011
»Based in central London
»Services: Specialist firm
of solicitors, dedicated to
immigration, nationality,
European free movement and
human rights law
»No. of employees: 5
Kilby Jones Solicitors
take on a greater number of new cases
while also keeping the cost down for
our clients. To ensure this efficiency,
we prepare cases thoroughly in the
initial stages.
Our clients come from all around the
world and include entrepreneurs,
investors and individuals moving to
the United Kingdom. We have also
worked with asylum seekers as well
as family members of EU nationals,
illegal entrance and children entitled
to British citizenship. This range of
people with differing backgrounds,
nationalities and circumstances means
we have to be incredibly flexible and
versatile in our approach. Our clients’
cases are diverse in nature, as are
their needs, and we endeavour to
understand their situations and those
of their families.
Our backgrounds have helped us
achieve our goal, given that both of us
are fluent in multiple languages and
have lived abroad in the past. These
life experiences play an important role
in allowing us to actively appreciate
our clients’ situations and to empathise
with them.
Constantly changing
legislative requirements
The law will always provide solicitors
and barristers with challenges,
because of the constant changes
and developments in how it is
implemented. These changes occur
in real time and have an impact on
cases that are in progress, so we have
to continually adapt. Law is used as
a tool by governments, and in times
of particular political volatility there
will be a destabilising effect on the
law. We have to be constantly aware
of political changes and we need to
understand how this will affect our
clients. Another force for change
within the legal sector is the manner
in which precedents affect the law.
When a new precedent is set within
immigration law, this can change the
way the law is then interpreted going
forward. This is another factor we have
to respond to.
The uncertainty surrounding Brexit
is proving a challenge for many
organisations, and with the UK’s policy
on immigration still to be determined,
it is difficult to predict the change.
Regardless of the finer details, it is
likely we will have an increase in cases
because of the sudden change in
entitlement for a number of EU and
non-EU citizens. While this is beneficial,
we remain cautious about the effect
Brexit will have on the legal sector as
Moving forward, we are not looking
to expand unless we find a new
solicitor who can bring their own
clients and value to the firm. We have
considered expanding into criminal
or family law, but any change will be
carefully assessed in terms of feasibility
and demand. We want to avoid
being greedy and instead focus on
remaining sustainable for the future.
Expansion and adding staff can upset
the balance, so we want to be sure
before taking any decisions. We have
been increasingly profitable year on
year, so our key aim is to continue our
progress and maintain our standards
and quality.
Kilby Jones Solicitors’
main office
Our backgrounds
have helped us
achieve our goal,
given that both
of us are fluent
in multiple
languages and
have lived
abroad in the
past. These life
experiences play
an important
role in allowing
us to actively
appreciate our

This article was sponsored by Kilby Jones Solicitors. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister